About the WORC Education Project

The WORC Education Project seeks to achieve a democratic, sustainable and just society through community action. The WORC Education Project is creating long-term social change by building a grassroots base of skilled citizens directly involved in working for stewardship and conservation of land, water and natural resources, economic and social justice for rural communities and empowering local citizens to participate in civic life

Founded in 1989, the WORC Education Project is a 501 (c)(3) corporation that supports the charitable and educational activities of WORC, the Western Organization of Resource Councils.

WORC is a network of seven state organizations that includes 10,000 members and 45 local chapters. The WORC Education Project has a grant agreement with WORC to undertake strategic research and analysis, public education, leadership and staff development (within the limits of the Project’s tax-exempt status).


WORC Education Project Board – 2016

Paul Seamans – Paul is a rancher/farmer and life-long resident of Draper, South Dakota, where he mainly puts up hay for sale. Paul joined Dakota Rural Action over five years ago because the Keystone XL tar sand oil pipeline is slated to cross his land, and DRA has helped in his negotiations and dealings with TransCanada. Paul is the present board chair of Dakota Rural Action.

Mabel Dobbs – Mabel is a retired rancher and spent 40+ years in banking and mortgage lending. She and her husband Grant live on the family ranch that they are passing on to family. Mabel has spent 25 years involved with the WORC organization and is the Chair of WORCEP Board.

Lana Sangmeister – A native Montanan, Lana and her husband, Charles, live in Nye, Montana. They are active in their local affiliate, which is involved with the Good Neighbor Agreement with Stillwater Mine. Lana is on the Board of Northern Plains and a member of its Operations and Finance Task Force.

Brad Holliday – Brad owns and manages his family farm near Ranchester WY where they raise fresh produce for local consumption. He serves on the board for Powder River Basin Resource Council and as chair of the Local Food and Agriculture committee. When not working, he enjoys time with his family and the Big Horn Mountains.

Monica Wiitanen – Monica grew up thinking that working to leave the world a better place for “the youth in the distant tomorrows” was what adults did. With her husband, Wayne, Monica runs Small Potatoes Farm near Paonia, Colorado.

Mitch Wolgamott – Mitch was born and raised in rural SW Oregon and now lives in rural NE Oregon. He has degrees in zoology and biology and worked in the private sector, non-profit sector, and 26 years in public service with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality ending as administrator of DEQ’s Eastern Region. Mitch and his wife, Sue Orlaske, now tend 10 acres of timber on the slope of Mt. Emily outside of La Grande, Oregon.

Lynn Wolff – Lynn grew up on the family ranch between Lemmon, South Dakota, and Hettinger, North Dakota. Lynn served as President of the Association of National Grasslands and worked for the Sheyenne Valley Grazing Association as Secretary/Treasurer. He joined the DRC staff in 2001 as an organizer and retired in 2013. Lynn is now serving on the DRC Board.